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By Dan Arkush

Already adept at shifting identity from play to play, the Packers' offense might have become even more difficult to pigeonhole with the addition of second-round WR Randall Cobb. The 5-10, 191-pounder out of Kentucky was considered by many close observers to be the most versatile player available in this year's draft. The consensus among team insiders is that Cobb, who is capable of contributing in five different capacities (wide receiver, running back, return man, holder and quarterback), is likely to make the biggest initial impact for the Packers from this year's rookie crop.

If free agent James Jones splits the scene, Cobb still shapes up as merely the No. 4 receiver behind No. 1 Greg Jennings, up-and-coming Jordy Nelson and the aging but still determined Donald Driver. But considering his diverse skills, an effort figures to be made to give Cobb at least a few potential big-play opportunities per game. Could any of those opportunities be of the "Wildcat" variety, which Cobb was involved in on occasion at Kentucky? The way we hear it, it would be a major surprise if head coach Mike McCarthy decided to add a "Wildcat" package to the Packers' already expansive arsenal. 

Look for Cobb to definitely make his presence felt right away on special teams, where we're told he will get every opportunity to become the No. 1 return man on both kickoffs and punts for a unit that ranked 26th on kickoff returns and 22nd on punt returns in 2010.

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